smalls crafts and wrapping

Hello and good day!

I'm here to share a few things with you fine people. And I have links! And quasi-tutorials! Aren't you excited?!



Every year I make small gifts for my sons' teachers and therapists. They are all lovely wonderful supportive people and I try and make something special. This year I decided on personalized coffee cup sleeves. I live in a city where there is a Starbucks on almost every corner. Just walking down the street you see the telltale cups in the hands of many. So I figured a perfect fit. And since I needed some small gifts for a few other friends I set up my work station assembly line style in order to get all ten sleeves done in an efficient manner.
This project is a wonderful way to utilize all of those fabric scraps that you've been saving.

I had pinned this craft post a bit ago, so this week I dug it up to get started. The only things I did differently was to add a wool felt letter to personalize and instead of fleece interfacing I went with Insul-Bright. Mainly because that is what I had on hand.

(A few years back I made a sweet little cover to keep my french press warm. See how cute?)

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But back to the sleeves.

So I printed out the template and set to work. It was easy but a smidge on the tedious side. Mostly because I was making ten of them and the personalization can be slightly fussy.
Fussy but easy! I swear! :)

Check out my handiwork:

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All they needed was a little wrap job and they'd be ready for giving. In the past I've used paper shopping bags for wrapping paper and that has worked quite nicely. I wanted to do that again but make it even cuter. (And easier!)

I grabbed a random assortment of bags. (ALWAYS KEEP YOUR BAGS PEOPLE! I too use reusables as much as possible but you KNOW there are plenty of times when I forget. It's okay though, because I always find a way to re-purpose the paper bags.)

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I used the Whole Food bag and a Container Store bag. I liked the bright red!

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Cut out two pieces of the bag that are the same size and that can accommodate your item. Leave PLENTY of room around your item, so it's easy to get a nice border around it without accidentally sewing into your gift. This wrapping paper method works best on flat and/or soft items. Don't think you're going to do with this with a vase or anything. :)

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Head over to your sewing machine and start stitching. A standard straight stitch looks great. I used about a half inch "seam allowance" to make a nice border around the gift.


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Stitch only three sides.

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Next grab a hole punch (or just use a scissor tip or knitting needle) to punch two holes in the top piece of your little package.

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Slide in your gift.

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Thread some pretty ribbon through both holes, through the inside. And then tie it into a pretty bow.

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You can leave the paper plain, or add an initial or name to the front. Or maybe you have some Christmas stamps or stickers!

I went the initial route, keeping in theme with the actual gift item.

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I like the back too! You can either make both sides plain brown paper or use the print/color of the shopping bag to add an extra cool zing to the back of the package.

Too bad my giftee isn't actually named Lea or Stan. (Though interestingly enough my dad's name is Stan. No joke!)
:)

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Want to try something else? How about some pom-poms! I'm completely in love with yarn pom-poms. They're just so cute and cheerful. And it's a super great way to use up extra yarn that you may have laying around. I'm a knitter and it's frustrating to have 1/4 of a skein or 1/2 hank of lovely (and expensive!) yarn and nothing to do with it. So pom-pom away everyone!

I have a bunch of these in different sizes.

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You can get them from amazon for pretty cheap.

When I first got these makers, I was a tad confused by them. So I hit up youtube to learn.
This video is what I used to get the hang of it. It's really VERY EASY to do and pretty darned quick too. I used to make pom-poms using the double cardboard circle method and this blows that out of the water.



See how fun!

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And with that, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thanks for looking and cheers!
:)

Oh and let me know if you have any questions.

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